Posts tagged productivity

Turn Your To-Dos Into All Dones

One way to be more productive during your day?

Put Someone Else in Charge

"It’s time to outsource your to-do list," writes small-business expert Erika Napoletano. "Why not enlist the services of an assistant, virtual or in-person, to wrangle your to-do list? This way, they’ll not just take the to-dos off your plate—they can delegate so you’re not the one in charge of your entire and ever-growing task list. A $20-per-hour assistant can make sure that everyday tasks are handled and keep you on target for the more pressing ones that require your time and presence.

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Many CEOs have said waking up at 5 a.m. is crucial to their success, and we all know “the early bird catches the worm.” But studies are finding that night owls have their own strengths.
6 Reasons Why Night Owls Are Better Than Early Birds
Night owls have higher IQs.
They’re more creative.
They’re prone to be risk-takers.
They make more money.
They attain extra brain power that early birds lack. 
They’re more capable of building genuine social networks.
Read more on OPEN Forum.

Many CEOs have said waking up at 5 a.m. is crucial to their success, and we all know “the early bird catches the worm.” But studies are finding that night owls have their own strengths.

6 Reasons Why Night Owls Are Better Than Early Birds

  1. Night owls have higher IQs.
  2. They’re more creative.
  3. They’re prone to be risk-takers.
  4. They make more money.
  5. They attain extra brain power that early birds lack. 
  6. They’re more capable of building genuine social networks.

Read more on OPEN Forum.

Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.
Flickr user: lawrencegs

Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.

Flickr user: lawrencegs

What do the the most successful people do in the first hour of their work day? They definitely don’t check their email, Fast Company found.
Read on to see what people like Tumblr founder David Karp and the late Steve Jobs do with that crucial first 60 minutes of the day.
Flickr user: knuton

What do the the most successful people do in the first hour of their work day? They definitely don’t check their email, Fast Company found.

Read on to see what people like Tumblr founder David Karp and the late Steve Jobs do with that crucial first 60 minutes of the day.

Flickr user: knuton

Changing your work environment can help you become the most productive version of yourself. One thing you can change? Your office walls!

"… your best choice is probably green. Green invokes balance and concentration, and it’s the least likely color to alienate or rile up visitors to your space. Even if you’re in a rented space and can’t paint your walls, try employing splashes of color through the use of artwork to brighten your space and boost your productivity."

Via OPENForum.com: "6 Easy Changes to Make Your Work Productivity Skyrocket"

Changing your work environment can help you become the most productive version of yourself. One thing you can change? Your office walls!

"… your best choice is probably green. Green invokes balance and concentration, and it’s the least likely color to alienate or rile up visitors to your space. Even if you’re in a rented space and can’t paint your walls, try employing splashes of color through the use of artwork to brighten your space and boost your productivity."

Via OPENForum.com: "6 Easy Changes to Make Your Work Productivity Skyrocket"

Stop wishing on a four-leaf clover for better luck in your business. You can make your own luck by following these five tips.

Stop wishing on a four-leaf clover for better luck in your business. You can make your own luck by following these five tips.

There’s a petition out there for employers to encourage napping on the job. Research says that taking naps can boost productivity and focus; some large companies like the Huffington Post and Nike even offering nap rooms for their employees to recharge with a power nap.

There’s a petition out there for employers to encourage napping on the job. Research says that taking naps can boost productivity and focus; some large companies like the Huffington Post and Nike even offering nap rooms for their employees to recharge with a power nap.

"Never do work you can outsource for $10 to $12 per hour; make sure you are always doing the $80- to $100- an-hour jobs. If your average billable hour is $100 and you are doing work that you could be paying someone $15 an hour, you are losing $85 an hour in revenue." —  Laura Novak Meyer, a professional photographer and small-business owner
Via OPENForum.com: “How to Outsource Your Biggest Business Headaches”

"Never do work you can outsource for $10 to $12 per hour; make sure you are always doing the $80- to $100- an-hour jobs. If your average billable hour is $100 and you are doing work that you could be paying someone $15 an hour, you are losing $85 an hour in revenue." —  Laura Novak Meyer, a professional photographer and small-business owner

Via OPENForum.com: “How to Outsource Your Biggest Business Headaches

Headphones are everyone’s first line of defense against the many distracting noises one hears in the office. But is the music you’re listening to actually help you get your work done? It depends on what type it is, according to a helpful article from Quartz.
Quartz broke out which characteristics and genres of music affect one’s ability to get work done. Turns out there’s a lot of factors at play when you tune in to tune out your work environment. Songs with lyrics can negatively affect reading comprehension, while songs with a predictable melody can “enhance some simple cognitive skills.”

Headphones are everyone’s first line of defense against the many distracting noises one hears in the office. But is the music you’re listening to actually help you get your work done? It depends on what type it is, according to a helpful article from Quartz.

Quartz broke out which characteristics and genres of music affect one’s ability to get work doneTurns out there’s a lot of factors at play when you tune in to tune out your work environment. Songs with lyrics can negatively affect reading comprehension, while songs with a predictable melody can “enhance some simple cognitive skills.”

There's a global coffee shortage.

Thankfully we know three ways you can kick your caffeine addiction, and still be productive!